A Short Move

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 062015

Yesterday we had one of the shortest moves ever in our sixteen years as fulltime RVers, just 7 1/2 miles. But oh what a difference that short distance made!

Since we didn’t have far to go we didn’t get up until 8:30 a.m., which is later than usual for us on a traveling day. Then we spent some time checking e-mail and a couple of our favorite blogs. Terry had already turned our captains chairs around to the travel position and stowed some things away for travel the night before, like she always does, to speed things up the next morning. So it was pretty much a case of securing our computers and moving her loom to the bedroom, unhooking our campground utility connections, pulling the slides in, and the leveling jacks up.

With all of the tree stumps and the vehicles parked everywhere and people walking about, I needed to exercise some extra caution getting out of our campsite, but with Terry guiding me it was a piece of cake. Since we were going such a short distance we didn’t bother hooking the Explorer to our Blue Ox tow bar, Terry just followed me.

It was about 10:45 when we pulled out of the campground and turned north on U.S. Highway 101. There was a fair amount of traffic, but nothing like it would be later in the day, especially when everybody started heading back to their homes and usual routine. One of the great things about the fulltime RV lifestyle, even for working RVers like us, is that we’re not shackled to a rigid schedule.

I had planned to stop for fuel at a 76 station in town which has easy access for big rigs, but when I got there I discovered that they were closed. I would think that on a busy holiday weekend they’d be open. Oh well, I have a little over half a tank of fuel so we’re good, but I prefer not to go a lot lower, and finding places we can get into and back out on the coast isn’t always easy.

We arrived at the Elks lodge campground a couple of miles north of Florence and checked in, then got parked at our site, which is extra large and could easily accommodate two 40 foot motorhomes. The campground host pulled up on his golf cart and watched as Terry guided me as I backed in, and complimented us on how easy we made it look. I told him it is easy, I just follow her directions, and she’s been telling me where to go for a long time.

Winnie Florence Elks Campground small

The only downsides to this campground are that trees block my rooftop satellite TV dish and Verizon service is almost nonexistent. They have free WiFi, but I can’t log onto it. And while Terry can, she can’t stay connected for very long so I’ll be toting the laptop up to the clubhouse to see if I can get on and post from there

Congratulations Rob Nixon, winner of this week’s drawing for an autographed copy of John and Kathy Huggins’ So, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? We had 176 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

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  3 Responses to “A Short Move”

  1. Our trip was shorter. Across the highway about 1/3 mile from the Eagles to a friends house so we could use their electricity for the refrigerator while we are gone for 4 days and it’s so not sunny in Ohio.

  2. We had a bit farther to travel today, left Winnebago Service center around 8 in the rain, it was suppose to be a quick 120 mile trip but we ran into a 30 mile detour that took us cross country so we got to see a bit more of Iowa than planned, but got here and got a nice pull thru site and got our satellite dish to work. Glad you arrived OK.

  3. When you leave just head to Fred Meyer in town to fill up the coach. That’s where we go when we pass through. Probably the best price and fairly easy in and out. The attendants will help you.

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